A Day Out at Kimmeridge Bay

May 30th, 2019

As summer approaches many of our guests come to Ulwell Holiday Park in search of fun filled days out along the Dorset coast. Whilst the likes of Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove are usually top of everyone’s list, lesser known Kimmeridge Bay is often overlooked. Located just outside of Kimmeridge village and only a 20-minute drive from our Swanage holiday park, this hidden gem is a marine Special Area of Conservation and a must visit for families looking for an authentic coastal experience.

Fossil hunting fun

Kimmeridge Bay is flanked by slate cliffs and littered with large boulders and stones. Like the rest of the Jurassic Coast it is a firm favourite for avid fossil hunters, searching for a piece of history! Even the most inexperienced eye is likely to spot a pretty ammonite hidden in a rock or on the seabed.

 

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Important fossil hunting advice: The beach wardens kindly ask that you do not use hammers to extract fossils and that you leave fossils behind for other people to enjoy.

 

Ideal for rock pooling

Rockpooling is a must at this idyllic spot, which is famed for its abundance and variety of marine life. As the tide goes out, hundreds of rockpools filled with crabs, little fish, anemones and even star fish are exposed, providing hours of fun for younger members of the family.

Next to the slipway, the Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Wild Seas Centre welcomes visitors free of charge to learn more about the Jurassic Coast and the species that inhabit its waters. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable visitors are on hand to talk you through the live exhibits and will help you identify any of your own fossil or wildlife finds.

 

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Great snorkelling for beginners 

Kimmeridge is considered one of the best places to snorkel in the UK thanks to its shallow and crystal-clear waters. The visitor centre has created a snorkel trail marked by five buoys for people to follow, which shows off the best underwater habitats in the bay. You can pick up a laminated under water guide to help identify the species you spot from the shop and it’s also possible to hire a full-face mask for those without their own gear.

Fantastic views

If you get itchy feet sitting on the beach all day there are some excellent walks along the clifftops, which provide far reaching views across the Dorset countryside and out to sea. It’s possible to climb from the beach onto the headland to see beautiful Clavell tower, which was once demolished and painstakingly rebuilt just metres away from its original position on the cliff edge.

 

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Travelling to Kimmeridge Bay

To get to the private bay you will have to use a toll road, which costs £5 per car (£10 for motorhomes) and entitles you to park at the beach all day. Kimmeridge Bay is unspoilt by commercialism and offers very little in the way of facilities. There are public toilets in the main carpark and an ice cream van in the summer months, but no cafes or restaurants on the beach. Therefore it is advisable to bring a packed lunch and drinks if you plan to stay for the day. Alternatively, stop in the nearby Kimmeridge village on your way home and enjoy a bite to eat in one of the pubs or restaurants in this small but picturesque hamlet.To get to the beach there are a number of steps, which may not be suitable for prams or wheelchairs. Kimmeridge Bay is dog friendly year-round.

What our guests say

  • Great location

    Paul James

    Great location, 25 mins walk from the front and nice settings, friendly and clean site with good facilities including a good play area for the kids & a free swimming pool. On site pub and pizza. Will be back

  • Amazing views

    Daniel Hare

    Amazing long weekend spent with family in a static park home at Ulwell we had amazing views over swanage and surrounding hills and the night sky from there is picture perfect, the accommodation was everything we could of required, highly recommend Ulwell Holiday Park

  • Fantastic site

    Joseph Molford

    Fantastic site, we have had a brilliant holiday. Super swimming pool and changing facilities. Site really handy to get to Swanage and Studland. Will definitely return. Thanks to all the staff for a lovely holiday.

  • Lovely Caravan Park

    Simon MA

    I’ve been coming to Ulwell now for around 20 years and have always been impressed by the site. The caravans are always an excellent standard, indoor swimming pool, great on site shop and great restaurant. Have never had any problems in all the years I’ve been coming here and I’m sure will continue to spend my holidays here in the coming years. The staff are always friendly and helpful.

  • Home from home

    Cara M

    I have been visiting Ulwell for 10 years and as soon as I arrive I feel at home. This time I stayed in a caravan and was so happy with the layout and cleanliness. The shop is well stocked and sells some nice pastries. The village Inn is a nice little spot to relax and have a drink. The food is good too.

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Finding us

BY ROAD

From Bournemouth via the Sandbanks chain ferry and following the B3351 into Swanage.

From Wareham using the A351 into Swanage, turn left along the seafront towards Studland.

BY BUS

The park is situated on the main bus route from Bournemouth to Swanage.

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1 ° 58’ 16” West, 50° 37’ 34” North

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